Hearing loss

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What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be classified as conductive, sensorineural, or both (mixed loss). Nearly 10% of people in the US have some degree of hearing loss. Some hearing losses are congenital (present at birth) and others are acquired disorders.

Common symptoms reported by people with hearing loss

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people for hearing loss

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
208
Tried for
hearing loss (2)

Data from patients with hearing loss, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with hearing loss

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for hearing loss (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
hearing loss (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with hearing loss, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has hearing loss on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 4 new patients joined this month
  • 281 say hearing loss is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 16
20s 49
30s 126
40s 172
50s 229
60s 247
70+ 156
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 162
20-29 years 58
30-39 years 79
40-49 years 85
50-59 years 60
60-69 years 20
70+ years 6

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 318
Female 689

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Conductive hearing loss 24
Mixed hearing loss 30
Sensorineural hearing loss 185
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 601
Not Diagnosed 57

These charts show data from hearing loss patients who have completed their condition history
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